‘Jeopardy!’ Champ Racks Up Insane 6-Figure Winnings in Just 3 Days

by Leanne Stahulak

Could “Jeopardy!” have found its next James Holzhauer? Three-time champ Matt Amodio does seem to be playing a numbers game, as he rakes in more than $100,000 in just three games.

Earlier this week, Amodio defeated another three-time champ, Josh Saak. Since then, the Ph.D. student from New Haven, Connecticut, has been on a roll.

In his first game, Amodio walked away with $40,400 after he wagered his entire winnings on a “Final Jeopardy!” question about African Monarchs. The returning champ at the time, Josh Saak, was only $400 behind Amodio going into the question, but he wagered only $5,005. Amodio went big with his $20,200 wager, and it ultimately paid off.

Amodio started out with an even bigger pot going into “Final Jeopardy!” on day two. With $31,000 already in the bag, he wagered another $10,000 on his answer for the 1970s Move Scenes category. When he got the answer right, he ended the game with $41,000 and an $81,400 two-day total.

Last night was the first time Amodio got a “Final Jeopardy!” question wrong — and one that was comparatively simple. None of the contestants answered the Literary Characters category question correctly, but because of his extensive lead over the others, Amodio still came out on top.

Amodio went into the round with $28,000 and wagered $8,000 on the incorrect answer, which was just enough to push his three-day winnings over the $100k mark.

“Jeopardy!” congratulated Amodio on his winning streak and incredible earnings. Curiously, they also posted the “Final Jeopardy!” clue that everyone got wrong.

The clue read, “This owner of a large estate in Derbyshire is described as ‘proud’ at least half a dozen times.” Die-hard Jane Austen fans should’ve immediately recognized Elizabeth Bennet’s description of the haughty Mr. Darcy.

Could Matt Amodio Be In the Running for ‘Jeopardy!’ Next Tournament of Champions?

If Matt Amodio wins the next “Jeopardy!” game, then there’s a high chance he’ll become eligible and invited to participate in the next Tournament of Champions. So far this year, only four contestants have made it onto
“Jeopardy!’s” tracker, including recent seven-time champion Courtney Shah.

If we’re looking at winnings, however, Amodio is only about $2,000 away from catching up to four-day champ John Focht. Given how he’s played so far though, it’s likely that Amodio will have much more than that in his pot by the “Final Jeopardy!” round.

It will also be interesting to see if Amodio lasts through another guest host’s entire tenure. Courtney Shah almost lasted the entire two-week span that Dr. Sanjay Gupta stood behind the lectern, eventually falling to Nikole Villanueva. Amodio survived three games under “Good Morning America” co-host Robin Roberts, and he’ll continue to play under the supervision of fan-favorite “Reading Rainbow” host LeVar Burton.

Burton will take the reins next week from July 26 to July 30. After him, CNBC’s David Faber steps up to the lectern from August 2 to August 6, followed by Fox’s Joe Buck from August 9 to August 13.